“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

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When You’re Addicted to a Person, Embrace THIS to Break Free!

What Follows Is a Counter-Intuitive Approach to Stop Being Addicted to a Person Who Makes You Miserable I used to get miffed when “nice guys” who wanted to date me bitterly cried, “All women just want to date Bad Boys!”

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It’s an Epidemic! The Insidious Habit That Keeps You Feeling Like Crap!

I Did It Too! How To Change Bad Mental Habits! I always thought if I could just get a screenplay I’d written into production I’d feel happier, more fulfilled, more confident and like I could finally let go of the

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In Love, You Might Not Always Get What You Want; But Here’s a Quick Hack to Get What You Need …

When we’re in “LOVE” with someone who consistently breaks our hearts … … and we stop to think about what WE need to be happy, it usually includes our LOVE OBJECT changing. If he would just FILL IN THE BLANK I would

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4 Ways “The Law of Attraction” from that Infernal Book, “The Secret,” Screws Up Your Life!

What is The Law of Attraction? Thought leader and cherubic badass Mark Manson defines it thusly: “Essentially, The Law of Attraction states that whatever consumes your thoughts is what you will eventually get in life. “So, if you think of all the

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Does Amy Schumer Need Sex Rehab? And Are You Having Sex for the Right Reasons?

Ladies, I recently read Amy Schumer’s hilarious memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, which made me realize that when it comes to bad relationships we can’t just blame our childhoods. There are also … Hidden Cultural Beliefs that mess up our

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Do You Have a Fear of Happiness That’s Keeping It Away? Find Out Now!

You Might Be Blocking Happiness and Not Even Know It! If you were raised in an unpredictable, volatile or drug-and-alcohol addicted home, you may have developed a Fear of Happiness. In my family of origin, I learned that happiness, fun

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One Simple Practice to Cut Through a Lifetime of Pain

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day … Breathwork Meditation & a Heretic Healer on tap. If you’re anxious, depressed, have a Monkey Mind, worry you’re not using the Law of Attraction correctly and are sending the Wrong Fucking

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The Power of Touch in Marriage: 3 Reasons You Need to Reach Out!

Excerpt: “Tactile sensitivity plays a very important role in interpersonal communication, sexuality, and helps create bonds between people. We already know how important and vital sexual intimacy is to relationships. But we underestimate how much touching we need to survive; both within relationships and as independent individuals.” Keep reading …

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How I Got 7x Faster at Forgiveness

Excerpt: Sometimes it feels really good to be pissed off at people. We can get really puffed up and indignant about their obviously assinine behavior. We just know we’re a better person than they are. More evolved, intelligent, loveable and sane. 

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Giving Up Alcohol By Taking My Inventory

Excerpt: “Why do you drink? I wrote, “It relaxes me. It’s my reward at the end of the day. It’s … it’s … it’s …” Okay, this smacked of laziness. I realized I had to dig deeper. Why do you drink? This is what instantly came out of my pen: “It numbs the pain of feeling like a failure.” Holy Shit. Now that’s something real. After writing that down, I dug for more …” (Read Article) 

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How to Pray 101. Hint: I Didn’t Learn It in Church

Excerpt: “I realize that when I pray, I assume I’m not perfect enough for God. I assume God disapproves of me, is disappointed in me. So, my prayer then comes from a place of neediness, shame, embarrassment, cynicism and rebellion. What’s becoming clear is that I approach prayer not believing God loves me exactly as I am right now.”

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Brandon Lee, David Schwimmer, Michael Hutchence & The Coppolas Are All Here

Just when you thought the late-80s and early-90s were over. Shannon Colleary, wearing little more than a Bob Mackie rhinestone g-string and tiara, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it meant to be a struggling actress stage left while

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10 Myths About Sex and Romance

(Excerpt) #6 The goal in lovemaking should be mutual orgasm. This is another myth spread by movies, where all couples seem to experience the height of pleasure at precisely the same time (and so very quickly!). Couples who believe this myth are putting an unnecessary amount of pressure on themselves when in the bedroom.

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Interpret My Dream: How it Changed My Life Forever

Excerpt: “Touching her is the worst part. She’s still warm. Her limp body is a rebuke as I press it to my chest, trying to comfort and revive her. A bottle of milk appears. I try to feed the kitten as my heart beats frantically in time with the words in my head, please don’t die, please don’t die, please don’t die.” Keep reading

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Because I’m Worth It! (Steve Allen Media – PR with a Conscience)

When you first meet publicist Steve Allen you think, “Either this guy is high or he really really loves what he’s doing!” Because he’s bubbly. And excited. And creative. And a bit crunchy-granola, woo woo. His company’s motto is “PR

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How to Change Careers in Midlife (My First Interview!! – Video)

Hello Beauties — I’ve shot and edited my first interview with dear friend Jeannine Chanin Penn, who has decided her 50s are the perfect time to pursue a long-denied passion for art. I’ll give you a small taste of what

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Does This Woman Look Trustworthy? (Video by Austin Sabado)

Hello Ninjas — I’m typing this while wearing nothing but stilettos and a smile … okay, I’m in my pajamas wearing reading glasses with oatmeal stains on my shirt. But I do have a cat ‘o nine tails whip an

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The Littlest Members of Women’s March Los Angeles Take on Donald Trump’s Misogyny

“Donald Trump on Women” gets 10k searches a day. Here’s why: Regarding the Women’s March in Los Angeles the Facebook message passed around to thousands of Los Angeles moms said this: “If you’re taking your children to WomensMarchLA write your

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How Annette Bening Is Dangerously Radical

As I watched Bening portray Dorothea Fields in “20th Century Women,” (which should finally be her Oscar-winning role) a fresh, radical idea came to me …

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This Is the Sneaky, Self-Discombobulating Trait I’m Giving Up in 2017

What follows are three instances where my sneaky trait got me in trouble. See if you can guess what it is? The Bra Incident My acquaintance had incredibly large breasts. No, I did not touch them! Although I was curious to

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My Holiday Gift to You? No More Narcissists!

Hello my Beauties — I’ve been cheating on this site with my relationship site at shannoncolleary.com — I’m hoping my life-coaching business for women who want out of toxic relationships to find Real Love will become a micro-business that supports my writing habit. But for those of you in the dating theater on Tinder, and ComeDoMeUnderABushel .com, here are my latest — some illuminating pieces on how to avoid the Asshats and find Real Love. xoxo S

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5 Things to Do in Cabo. Unless You Want to Survive!

Be warned. These “5 Things to Do in Cabo” might render you a pariah to the indigenous folk, your family and all who know you.  1. Ignore the “Danger Don’t Swim” Signs at the Resort and Dive Into the Ocean

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Learn the Secrets to Korean Beauty From a Bonafide Rock Star! (Girl Band Nylon Pink)

Excerpt: My latest obsession is my friend Kaila Yu. We met through the blogoshere but are now buds in real life!
I like her because she’s a supportive, loving, encouraging friend who’d give you the shirt off her back. But, I must admit I’m also enthralled because she’s Asian! I project characteristics onto her because of this. I think she’s mysterious and unknowable; could probably kill you with some kind of ancient martial art using only her thumbs; and must be adept at coding in Mandarin for the NSA and CIA. It could be true!” Learn more:

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4 Amazing Benefits of Midlife Sex

“We’ve both gained a life ring around our middles; Eric’s lost his gorgeous hair and I’ve discovered hair in my nose. Rosacea’s turned my face radish red, and both of our necks are heading south! I do not need Eric looking at my flapping neck from Woman-On-Top at nine in the morning, which is the only time we can have sex because our kids with their bionic hearing are finally at school!” Read On …

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